Jules Koundé was one of LaLiga’s great revelations last season. The central defender, who began in the shadow of Diego Carlos, his teammate behind at Sevilla, ended up being the leader of the Sevilla defense and one of the best players in the Spanish championship. Their performance both in Spain and in the Europa League was outstanding and caught the attention of the best teams in the world.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City became obsessed with him and offered almost 60 million euros. But the Andalusians resisted and limited themselves to requesting the termination clause, which amounts to 90 ‘kilos’, to let the Frenchman out. The English gave up and ended up signing Rubén Dias, from Benfica, for about 68 million. With this decision, the Hispanics made it clear that this season they wanted to compete to the fullest and for this they could not let the central defender escape.
But if Koundé’s level was excellent last year, at the beginning of this year he is exceeding expectations. The hierarchy, intelligence and calm shown by the U21 international for France are worthy of the greatest. At 21, the former Girondins de Bordeaux already rubs shoulders with the best defenders in the world And that is why in Seville they want to shield him for next summer, in which the offers for him will rain again.
One of the clubs that has the Frenchman’s name on its list of goals is the FC Barcelona, who has recently suffered in their meats as they are spent. In the Barça-Seville of a week ago, the Parisian gave a defensive exhibition and in exit of ball in the Camp Nou. His speed, aggressiveness, calm and quality to play the ball have the Catalans in love, who dream of being the replacement of Gerard Piqué in the center of the defense.
Sevilla will try to shield Koundé soon
However, the reality is that today Koundé is an almost impossible dream, since at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán they will do everything possible to stay at the center until at least 2022. The idea of the Sevilla players is to build a team that he can compete to win LaLiga and the Champions League, and the permanence of Paris is essential for this. For this reason, in the coming weeks they will begin to negotiate with the player to improve their contractual conditions.
It is clear that Sevilla cannot pay the salaries of Barça, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or City, who follow the French, but they do want to offer him one of the highest salaries in the squad. The objective is to extend his contract until 2025 and even try to raise his clause by a few million, although in that sense they are calm, since 90 million is a figure that very few can pay. It will be necessary to see if the Frenchman is convinced to stay or prefers to force his exit in 2021.